Retirement Training: Treat Your Fitness Like Your Money

Lots of you told me you enjoyed last issue’s bag of avocados analogy, so let’s dice up another one!

This one’s about something everyone sweats over:

Fitness. 

Let’s see if we can shift you toward a healthier perspective by comparing fitness to something else most people also struggle with and bungle:

Money. 

Consider this…

How not to lose your mind in 25s on YouTubeTikTok, or Instagram

Try thinking of fitness like money.

Having extraordinary amounts of it, like these guys…

More than enough fitness

…may stroke your ego and get you laid more, but it won’t make you much happier.

But having too little…

Too little fitness

…causes constant consternation and limits how much enjoyment you can extract from life.
So it makes sense to work diligently for some, but not excessively for more than necessary.
How much?
All you really need is enough to feel free to do fun stuff with cool people.

Cool stuff with cool people

Well…
not really.
It’s wise to build up a surplus.
Because if you scrape by when you’re young, you risk running out of reserves when you’re older.
Then you’ll be in for a world of pain.

Old people in pain

And it may be too late to recover.

Doctor diagnosis

Plus, you’d rather not be dependent on your kids to look after you, right?

Being pushed in wheelchair

So consider asking yourself:
What little investments and concessions can you make to be more physically prudent?
Like making retirement savings, do some retirement trainings.


Long term fitness goal cover image of centenarian racing in the olympics

Train to Be an “Old-lympian”?

Following the logic of physical prudence, the most rational fitness objective is this:

To be the fittest 100+-year-old possible. 

Look at it as if you’re training for what Dr. Peter Attia coined “The Centenarian Olympics.”

For more on how I ended up focusing on this goal of being an “Old-lympian” and why I think it’s inevitable you will, too, race over to my new post:

The Ultimate Long-Term Fitness Goal Is To Be an “Old-lympian”

Thought Starters

  • 🤸‍♀️ Do you have a well-balanced physical portfolio? You may end up broke if your retirement training doesn’t include strength, mobility, balance, coordination, and endurance.
  • 🎯 Rather than aim for goals, goal for aims. Short-term goals are fine for motivation. Just make sure they’re in line with aims you’re shooting for—even aims you may never arrive at, like the Centenarian Olympics.
  • 🤤 True motivation. What would need to change for your to want to do something rather than have to do something? – Clayton Christensen

Until next time,

Chris

Next Consider This: Enjoy a healthier workout-life balance.

Previous Consider Thises: Explore the archive.


Subscribe for outside-the-box inspiration in your inbox

Get one new Consider This issue like this every fortnight. It’s fun, free, and over 4,500 people are already on board:

Disclosure: Whenever possible, we use links that earn us a cut if you pay for stuff we recommend. It costs you nothing, so we’d be crazy not to. Read our affiliate policy.

What do you think? (Leave a Comment.)